Nigeria Motivates Scholar

May Chika Mgbolu

Christina-Taylor Green and Daniel Hernandez Jr. Scholarship

The summer before starting college, May Chika Mgbolu flew 14 hours from Tucson to Nigeria, her family’s homeland. The first morning after settling into her aunt’s house, she took an eye-opening walk with her cousin.

What she saw and learned that day confirmed her desire to pursue a career in public service – and that led to her selection for the Christina-Taylor Green and Daniel Hernandez Jr. Scholarship.

In her application, the UA political science major wrote: “Those 15 minutes on the streets of Nigeria showed me the true meaning of an under-developed infrastructure, under-represented and under-valued citizens, and the abuse of political power within my parents’ nation. I saw a complete lack of social and political justice for my family and the people on the streets.”

Mgbolu is a first-generation college student. She takes 15 units a semester at the UA, works 16 hours a week at Bass & Associates law firm and is engaged in activities on campus and in the community. Last spring, she was one of 40 college students selected to participate in a recreation of the 1961 Freedom Rides for the PBS series American Experience.

Mgbolu was previously selected for a CFSA general scholarship from another fund beginning in 2008.

“When my parents came to the United States in search of the American Dream, they understood one thing was guaranteed – an education – which meant opportunity for their children.”

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